Phyllis Weisbard


Phyllis Holman Weisbard is Women's Studies Librarian of the University of Wisconsin System. She and her staff publish Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources, Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents, New Books on Women & Feminism and maintain a gateway to web-based women’s studies information at She provides reference and instructional services throughout the UW System and is a frequent contributor to publications and presenter on women’s studies resource topics at state and national conferences. Her publications include “Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America,” pp. 1553-1586 in Jewish Women in American: An Historical Encyclopedia (Routledge, 1997), updated online at; Jewish Law: Bibliography of Sources and Scholarship in English (with D. Schonberg), Rothman Law Books, 1989, which contains a chapter on the status of women in Jewish law; and “New Reference Works in Women’s Studies,” a regularly appearing column of reviews in Feminist Collections. From May 13-June 2, 2003 she was a visiting speaker sponsored by U.S. State Department American Centers in India. For her contributions to the library and higher education communities, Phyllis was awarded the title “Distinguished” by the UW-Madison campus in April 1999, and received the Career Achievement Award from the Women’s Studies Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association in June 2004, Phyllis holds a B.S. in Secondary Education with concentration in American Institutions and M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.Ed in Health Education from Boston University. She has been a librarian at the Library of Congress, Yale University, and New York University, and an administrator and planner in public health agencies in Connecticut and Texas. Her interests include women's health, Jewish feminism, issues of women in management, and feminist publishing.